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Bayside of Lincoln holds community feasts, welcomes new members

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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The March 25 community feast marks Bayside Church of Lincoln’s next effort to reach out to the community and get involved in helping others, according to Pastor of Network Ministries Steve Lindner. Community feasts are free meals for those who need them and were already being held by other churches and community members on the last Monday of each month at the Lincoln Women’s Center, Lindner said. Lindner and Bayside Church decided to expand that service by holding their own community feast in the same location on the last Wednesday of every month. The feasts cater to those less fortunate, including homeless, foster children and those families hit by the current economic downturn, Lindner said. The feasts put on by Bayside of Lincoln are buffet-style. Bayside Church of Lincoln opened nearly 3 1/2 years ago, Lindner said, and currently has a membership of about 500. “Obviously, our goal is to reach out to the ‘unchurched’ community in Lincoln,” Lindner said. “We’re trying to get everyone a home church.” Lindner added that Bayside is not trying to draw members from other churches and sometimes recommends other churches. “We just want them to get connected to the body of Christ,” Lindner said. Bayside of Lincoln is one of 11 satellite “church plants” opened in recent years after the success of the main church in Granite Bay, Lindner said. Bayside’s goal is to “plant” 220 satellite churches by the year 2020, mostly in Northern California. In addition to the community feasts, Lindner said Bayside of Lincoln is involved in outreach programs that include working with other area churches to help those in need. “We’re trying to be proactive in letting the community know what’s going on,” Lindner said. “We don’t want people moving out of Lincoln because there’s no opportunity here.” Bayside of Lincoln currently holds services at Twelve Bridges Middle School, 770 Westview Drive, at 10 a.m. Sundays. For Easter Sunday, Bayside of Lincoln will have an egg hunt and inflatable play areas before the regularly scheduled services. The public egg hunt will begin at 8:30 a.m. Bayside of Lincoln will open a secondhand store, Bayside Loft, tentatively set for March 28, in the shopping center on Twelve Bridges Drive and East Joiner Parkway. For more information about Bayside of Lincoln, visit www.baysideoflincoln.com or contact Lead Pastor Ed Kemp at 408-8810. - The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please e-mail brandond@goldcountrymedia.com or call 774-7967.